A Silent Film
Although they have been around for a few years, A Silent film came to the fore last year with the release of their debut album ‘The City That Sleeps’ and the standout track ‘You will leave a mark’ which made our top 50 tracks of 2008.
The band come from Oxford and played at Glastonbury in 2007. Their music is ambitious and plays out on a grand scale. Having supported One Republic last year they are set to break through in 2009.
Can you give us a potted history of how the band came to be formed?
Lewis, Spencer and myself (Robert) were at school together. We used to fool around playing Smashing Pumpkins and Weezer songs; we started to write our own music and then met Ali in University. He dropped out of Oxford with Spencer and joined Southampton with Lewis. Weird coincidence.
Obvious question, but where did the band name come from?
I'm a bit of an old movie buff and I'd written a song around the melody from Charlie Chaplin's 'The Kid'. I imaginatively called it 'A Silent Film' but the guys thought it was a good sound, and the name stuck too.
What would you say were the main influences on the bands music?
99% life, death, culture, art, politics, philosophy and humanism, 1% the ever so short history of popular music.
Your track ‘You will leave a mark’ was one of our top tracks of 2008. The song seems to be about attitudes to Westerners. What is the message of the song and did you have any concerns about upsetting people with its lyrical content?
It's all written from my perspective so I'm not throwing around any judgments at anyone else. The basic idea is that we're all on this earth for a short time and whether we like it or not we're going to leave our mark, good or bad, so make the most of it.
Your album came out in October last year. What do you think of the response so far?
Fantastic, great reviews and a really enthusiastic response. It's quite a demanding record that could easily have been overlooked so we're pleased.
What’s more important critical praise or sales? Please say why.
Critical praise for sure, there are plenty of ways to earn a living, if you're agenda is mercenary go sell cars and stop taking up space.
You famously played at Glastonbury a few years back. Tell us about that experience.
Err, famously? It was a small stage; we still slept in tents and got covered in mud just like everyone else. We hope to be back there this summer...
Are there any plans for ASF to try and break through in America as your music sounds like it could do really well over there.
I'm not sure we command that sort of publicity push just yet; we've got a lot more work to be doing over here. I'm glad you think our thing would work over there though.
What does A Silent Film hope to achieve in 2009?
We want to play more shows in UK and Europe and finish the year recording album number two.
Any plans for UK tour dates, festivals or dates in Wales in this year?
Wales huh? Definitely, our guitarist's name is 'Lewis Jones', I think it's time we took him back to the valleys!
Are there any producers or artists out there that you would like to collaborate with?
Too many to mention, probably almost everyone except Mark 'I use horns' Ronson.
You supported One Republic last year. Are there any bands or artist you would like to support you on your next tour?
We have great friends in Oxford; let's give a shout out to Stornoway.
The best gig we have played so far was….
The A Silent Film Christmas party! Honestly, it was amazing; it's all up on youtube somewhere.
Listen to our music/come and see us live because…..
We are unique, like an endangered musical species. If you don't support us we'll disappear for ever like all the lazy pandas.
If there was a film made about A Silent Film the parts of the band would be played by…..
Spencer - Philip Seymor Hoffman, Ali - Gerard Depardui, Lewis - John Belushi, Me - Kate Winslet